ROXBURY, NJ - Franklin Elementary School was a bustling place recently as it celebrated Read Across America. Community and district members came together to make it a memorable week for the students.

Theresa McNemar, a reading specialist at the school, sent out invitations for readers to come to the school and read a book or two to the students. The guests accepting invitations this year were Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley and, Roxbury Councilman Bob DeFillippo, Roxbury Chief of Police Marc Palanchi, police and fire department representatives, members of the Roxbury Women’s Club and district administrators.

Select students from Lincoln/Roosevelt School and the Roxbury High School Spanish Club members were also some of the honored guest readers.

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McNemar and Samantha Gorman, Spanish Club advisor and Spanish teacher at Roxbury High School, collaborated during this year's Read Across America Week in an effort to bring students from the high school over to Franklin.

A group of RHS Spanish Club members dedicated their lunchtimes on Feb. 27 to read Dr. Seuss books, in Spanish, to the third and fourth graders.

Gorman explained how “this has become an annual collaboration between schools because both groups of students enjoy it so much." Franklin students even took the time to write personalized “Thank You” notes to the readers from RHS.

Throughout the week, students also answered trivia questions and participated in "reading trains" to share their love of reading.

Students and families were invited on  March 2 to a reading event to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Among the activities that evening were planting a Truffala Tree, face painting, the reading lounge, a photo booth, making Oobeleck and drawing the Cat in the Hat. Staff at Franklin School supervised each station and helped make it a wonderful wrap-up to the week.